political events have caused me to wonder which constituents
our political representatives are listening to.
wolf hunting: We told them twice not to do it, but the governor
did it anyway. And now we've got a tourism boycott along with
bad publicity for the state. Where are your representatives
to voice your opinions to the governor? They have enough votes
to override his bad decisions, but they haven't done so!
baiting: Why don't we just have Fish and Game capture all
the bears and put them on a target range so hunters won't
have to work so hard to shoot them? How many advantages do
the hunters need? Guns, bows and arrows, snowmachines, airplanes,
off-road vehicles, traps, bear baiting, etc.
censuring: Now our duly elected representatives have to vote
along party lines or they get censured. I thought we sent
them to represent us. How naive! Maybe the "party leadership"
needs to be censured?
fund: No matter how much money the politicians have, it will
never be enough. When the pipeline was built, they told us
we would be rich beyond belief and some Alaskans were--temporarily.
If we give them access to the permanent fund, they'll spend
it and then some. Give them a $100 million and they'll spend
$200 million. Give them access to the permanent fund and they'll
spend it and then some more. Give them the Percent of Market
Value plan and you can kiss the permanent fund goodbye.
let's have a show of hands: How many Alaskans thought the
governor's Conference of Alaskans would recommend against
the POMV? But that doesn't matter because they were going
to do it anyway. The politicians are so desperate to gain
control of the permanent fund that they would even have a
POMV with a constitutionally guaranteed dividend program.
Don't believe them and don't let them in, folks. Once they
get in, it's gone. Just say no, again!
fund dividend payoff: Even Alaskan first-graders know better
than to support this idea. The suggested $20,000 enticement
is just another attempt by the politicians to get control
of the permanent fund. Only the elderly would truly benefit
with a one-time payoff, and they're smart enough not to spend
future generations' resources.
Yes, former Gov. Hammond was right when he said we should
never have repealed the income tax. But, again, give the politicians
an inch and they'll take a mile.
need an income tax coupled with a sales tax (abhorred by businesses)
to fund the state treasury by taxing everyone--ourselves,
the military, the tourists and the out-of-state workers.
and I forgot the oil industry. They've been given some very
nice breaks for the past 30 years, and it's time for them
to bite the bullet along with us. But--beware--watch your
pocketbooks or the politicians will give you not only the
sales tax, but also the income tax, the tire tax, the alcohol
tax, the tourism tax, the cigarette tax, the bed tax, the
vehicle tax, the business license tax, etc., etc. And, they'll
take your permanent fund as well.
And finally, some of our incumbent local politicians ought
to get a surprise next election. They could care less what
you or I think--unless, of course, you're a special interest
group with a lot of money. It's time for some fresh faces
who will truly represent us instead of just doing whatever
the Republican Party leaders tell them to do.
is a 34-year resident of Fairbanks and a retired engineering
professor of the University of Alaska.